Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demands that 11 Confederate statues be removed from the U.S. Capitol building.

Pelosi stated on Twitter, "The statues which fill the halls of Congress should reflect our highest ideals as Americans. Today, I am once again calling for the removal from the U.S. Capitol of the 11 statues representing Confederate soldiers and officials. These statues pay homage to hate, not heritage."



She also sent a letter to "Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, and Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-California, leaders of the Joint Committee on the Library that oversees the National Statuary Hall Collection, Pelosi said the likenesses represent “violent bigotry of the men of the Confederacy.” (AL)

In the letter, Pelosi said, "The statues in the Capitol should embody our highest ideals as Americans, expressing who we are and who we aspire to be as a nation. Monuments to men who advocated cruelty and barbarism to achieve such a plainly racist end are a grotesque affront to these ideals."

The 11 statues are located in the Statuary Hall in the Capitol. At least one statue dates back to 1925.

The only way that a statue can be replaced is through a resolution that comes from State Legislature and it must be approved by the Joint Committee on the Library. The requests can also be denied.

Here's a link to Pelosi's letter.



It's stated that, by law, each state can decide which two statues it provides to the Capitol. Some states have worked on replacing theirs, but others have not - and are not required to.

Rep. Blunt put his foot down against Pelosi, stating that law will not allow the Architect of the Capitol or Joint Committee to remove a statue once they've received it.

The 11 statues in question include likenesses of Jefferson Davis and Alexander Stephens, the president and vice-president of the Confederacy, given by Mississippi and Georgia, respectively. Alabama’s statues are of human and disabled rights advocate Helen Keller and Gen. Joseph Wheeler. Wheeler was a cavalry leader in the Civil War who later represented Alabama in the U.S. House. Wheeler went on to lead troops on behalf of the U.S. in the Spanish American War and the Philippine-American War, where he was named a brigadier general. Wheeler is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

While Pelosi may have this demand, it does not mean any state needs to listen to her.

This is what Pelosi wants and demands, but there is no law that requires states to replace or remove the statues. There's also nothing stopping the Joint Committee from declining replacements or removals.